Malaysia’s largest laboratory network launches nation-wide COVID-19 collection programme

Malaysia’s leading private laboratory network, the consortium of three associated laboratories namely Gribbles Pathology (Malaysia), Quantum Diagnostics and Clinipath Malaysia (collectively the “Consortium”), has announced the launch of the country’s largest COVID-19 collection and testing programme to assist the country’s effort to ‘flatten the curve’.

With the widest collection centre network and the largest testing capacity in the country, the participating laboratories will soon be able to conduct over 5,000 tests daily with 24-hour turnaround time.

Patients are expected to have access to reliable and quicker testing at an affordable price.

The programme is being rolled out in phases with the first drive-through service starting on April 9  at Clinipath’s Headquarters in Klang (No. 23 Galeri Empire, Jalan Empayar Off Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim/KU1, Klang).

Bookings commence on April 8.

Dr. Yahya Bin Awang, Chairman of the Consortium said, “Both the government and the medical community recognise the need to ramp up testing for the virus in Malaysia.

“We have been receiving requests from patients, doctors and our partner hospitals seeking a safe,affordable and accessible solution for COVID-19 collection,” he said.

He further added that with a wide network in Malaysia, he and his team are in a unique position to provide this solution.

“We have been working tirelessly with our partners to roll out this programme to aid and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” he stated.

The collection programme will be rolled out across the country in a staggered approach in an effort to ensure the safety of medical professionals and the community.

Current facilities will be converted in a phased fashion into a combination of drive-through facilities and walk-in centres with physical barriers between the collector and the patients.

To avoid creating crowds during this period and to ensure the safety of our patients and collectors, the service will be offered on a ‘by appointment’ basis only. To get tested under this programme, patients are required to pre-register and book an appointment online at https://covid19.gribbles.com.my and select the collection location and time.

This will help ensure adherence to social distancing rules.

In the coming weeks, the three laboratories will be increasing their COVID-19 testing capacity to reach a target of 5000 tests daily with 24-hour turnaround time.

“We must remain vigilant during this time and come together to ensure the safety and quick containment of the disease in Malaysia. We are confident that with easier access to tests and quick turnaround time, we will be able to pull through this difficult time as a nation,” Dr Yahya added.

● Details of the service are listed online in the respective websites of the participating laboratories:

○ Gribbles Pathology – www.gribbles.com.my
○ Quantum Diagnostics – www.quantumdxs.com
○ Clinipath – www.clinipath.com.my

● Central Hotline 1800-2-COVID (26843) to assist with patient and doctor queries on the service

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